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Carl “The Fridge” Baker (9-4, 6 KOs), who was only selected for Prizefighter Heavyweights III after the British Boxing Board of Control refused permission for another fighter to fight. The 287 lb Baker, who returned after a three year layoff in May, made the most of the opportunity, knocking down British heavyweight champion Danny Williams twice en route to a startling upset. Williams is likely to be stripped of his British title later this month and Baker now wants a crack at the Lonsdale belt. “As I’ve just beaten the British Champion, if that title becomes vacant I would love to fight for it,” stated Baker. “If not, I will just continue doing what I do and a lot of people will be thinking ‘let’s beat the kid that beat Danny’. Beating Danny will do wonders for my career.” As for the 38-year-old Williams, Baker stated “I think he should hang up his gloves. Danny said before the event he would retire if he didn’t win and I hope he does.”
IBF#15 world ranked middleweight contender Billy Lyell (20-7 4 KOs) will defend his NABC Intercontinental middleweight title on Saturday October 17th at the Eastwood Expo Center in Lyell’s hometown of Niles, Ohio, against Chris Gray (12-10 1 KO) of Baton-Rouge, LA, in the scheduled 10 round main event. Tabbed “October Fists” and beginning at 7:30pm, the 6 bout card is being presented by World Wide Boxing in association with Bowers’ Productions. The eight round co-feature will showcase junior middleweight Durrell Richardson (11-3) of Youngstown in a clash with Lamar Harris (6-3-2). The remaining undercard will be comprised of four-rounders. Heavyweight Lonnie Zaid (1-0) meets debuting Eric Newel, while light heavyweight Randy Campbell (1-0) battles debuting Mike Kiser. In addition, local welterweight Jake Giuriceo (4-0) and heavyweight Brandon Winner (3-6) are both scheduled to appear in separate bouts against opponents to be determined. Tickets are $20 and $60, available by calling 330-766-0875.
By John Cannon
Lyford native Eric Molina (11-1, 10 KO’s) will get a chance make history in the Rio Grande Valley Saturday night at Mooncusser’s on South Padre Island as he will face Lyford’s Gabriel Holguin (25-6, 9 KO’s) for the vacant WBC Latino Cruiserweight title as a part of “History: WBC Latino Title Belt” promoted by Cavazos Boxing and sponsored by Rio Grande Valley Harley Davidson. (more…)
By Craig Watt
Following the impressive four round stoppage of Jon Thaxton in Altringham, Manchester at the weekend, unbeaten lightweight contender John Murray (28-0, 16 KO’s) from Manchester, England issued a challenge to Australian WBO interim champion Michael Katsidis. He stated after the win: “Jon was the only person in Britain that could challenge me but it’s time for me to move on. Katsidis is on my radar and that’s a fight I fancy.” (more…)
By Robert Coster
Two world champions and three regional title fights are part of the choice menu offered to boxing fans by Premium Boxing Promotions at the Robert Duran Arena in Panama city this coming Friday. Former WBA jr featherweight champion Ricardo” Maestrito” Cordoba (34-2-2, 21 KOs) will be stepping back into the ring after a five months layoff since being upset by Bernard Dunne in Ireland. The lanky southpaw will be facing hard punching Colombian prospect Eddy Julio (10-1-1, 9 KOs) and experts will be on the watch to see if Cordoba has recovered his much shaken confidence. “It’s a big question mark for everybody,” says Premium Boxing’s Hector Villarreal, “and the young Colombian Julio has nothing to lose. He will most likely try to jump on Cordoba from the get go. Maestrito will have to demonstrate that he has gotten over the Dunne debacle.” The co-main event bout of the night will see stylish WBA bantamweight Champion Anselmo Moreno (26-1-1,10 KOs) venture into the 122lb division against Colombian visitor Jorge Otero (20-9-2, 9 KOs), coming in on a four fight win streak. The twelve bout card will also present three regional WBA title bouts and a slew of young prospects, local talents and Panama based Haitian boxers Evans Pierre and Johny Dorisme. WBC light-llyweight champion Edgar Sosa is expected to honor the exciting boxing night as an invited guest.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
The scheduled defense of IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou (47-11-1, 31 KOs) against Mathew Hatton (37-4-1, 14 KOs) on November 13 in Staffordshire, England will have to be postponed due to Ndou suffering a cut over his right eye from a head clash in sparring session with Ariel Omongos of the Philippines Tuesday. The cut needed five stitches. “I am very disappointed in having the fight postponed but the cut was bad and over my eye.” Ndou stated. “I have been looking forward to the fight with Mathew Hatton who I regard as a very tough challenger. I know I will have to be at my best against him. Hopefully the fight will be postponed four or five weeks. The doctor said I cannot spar for that period of time. It is unfortunate but something that happens in boxing from time to time.”
By Nick Giongco
Top trainer Freddie Roach sent Manny Pacquiao through the wringer on Tuesday as the Filipino fighter traded bombs for a total of six rounds—three rounds each—with super-welterweight Shawn Porter and super-lightweight Urbano Antillon in his training camp in Baguio City. Since kicking off with the sparring sessions exactly a week ago yesterday, Pacquiao has now logged a total of 18 rounds, still a hundred or so short of the usual target of 130-plus rounds by the time he and his team motor to Las Vegas during the week leading to his Nov. 14 clash with Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico.
Pacquiao spars every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and will do just that possibly until a week or even five days before the 12-round welterweight match at the MGM Grand. Team Pacquiao is also awaiting the arrival of Mexican Jose Luis Castillo, who is set to plane in Thursday morning. If he arrives in time, Roach will ask him to begin sparring with Pacquiao on Saturday. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
German Titov, 2007 and 2008 Russian promoter of the year and the head of German Titov Promotions, confirmed to this reporter that the previously announced October Moscow card will be now heading to the largest Ural city of Ekaterinburg. “We decided to relocate the show from the capital city to Ekaterinburg for a number of reasons. Yet, the fight card, which is scheduled for October 24, is set and done. We are planning a major show for our dearest fans”, revealed Titov and added that this show won’t be his last big promotion this year. (more…)
Universum trainer Michael Timm brought double world champion Ina Menzer, local featherweight Marcel Meyerdiercks, heavyweight Sebastian Köber and Olympic gold medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev to a special boxing training session with the famous FC Hansa Rostock. All four fighters will see action on Saturday night. More photos…
By Joe Koizumi
WBA flyweight champ Denkaosen Kaowichit (48-1-1, 20 KOs), 112, Thailand, successfully retained his belt as he cleverly kept his distance to batter the belly of 20-year-old Japanese challenger Daiki Kameda (15-2, 11 KOs), 112, throughout the contest and withstood the youngster’s retaliation down the stretch to be awarded a majority but well-received decision over twelve monotonous rounds on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan. The 33-year-old Thai veteran registered his second defense since he dethroned Takefumi Sakata via pulverizing second-round demolition in Japan last December. (more…)
For middleweight prospect David “Gatti of the Rockies” Medina (20-2, 10 KO’s) October 30th will provide him the opportunity to finally establish himself as a legitimate world class contender on the undercard of one of the most exciting PPV cards of the year. The popular Kansas based brawler will step into the ring with a former star of ESPN’s “The Contender” in Miguel Hernandez in an eight round fight that could put him in the top ten if he impresses . . . . Click here for more
“LATIN INVASION 2″ will be held at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The event will be on live on Pay-Per-View. Tickets for this event available at TicketMaster, or can be purchased at the Don Haskins Center box office, at 915-747-5234.
Legendary five-time UFC® champion Randy “The Natural” Couture will headline a fight card on Spike TV for the first time on Saturday, November 14 (8:00pm ET/PT same day tape) in the main event of UFC 105. Emanating from the MEN Arena in Manchester, England, Couture will square off against highly-regarded veteran Brandon “The Truth” Vera in a bout in the light heavyweight division. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Jermain Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) said Tuesday his losses to Carl Froch and Kelly Pavlik made him realize he had to work harder and wiser. Taylor, who fights Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 KOs), on October 17 in the Super Six World Boxing Classic, said on a conference call with Abraham and others that his conditioning and fitness are dramatically better than they were before he was beaten. “I got comfortable,” the 31-year-old said. “I was doing things I wasn’t supposed to do to stay in tip-top shape. With training, I was training hard, but I wasn’t training right. Trainer Ozell Nelson, who related that Taylor had to lose about 20 pounds in the two weeks before he faced Froch, said his fighter’s diet is in good order. “He loves to eat; he loves a Big Mac,” Nelson said. “This cat here, he can’t have Big Macs so he’s ready.”
By Alexey Potapov
WBO junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (36-0, 22 KOs) is hoping to land a 154lb unification fight against IBF junior middleweight champion Cory Spinks (37-5, 11 KOs). Dzinziruk says he has broken away from longtime Universum Box-Promotion. “Now I am in Ukraine and in a week I leave for the USA where I will carry on negotiations with American promoters. There are many managers who wish to work with me. I’ve conducted conversations with representatives of Cory Spinks. I’ve offered him a unification fight on October 31st in Las Vegas. I know, that he has not found an opponent. I’m ready to fight him and his managers are ready to make this fight. Universum couldn’t arrange a fight against Paul Williams, so now I’ll handle my own destiny,” said Dzinziruk. Full interview to come…
WBC/IBF #9 super Middleweight contender Edison “Pantera” Miranda headlines the October 22 show at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, CA. The 28-year-old Miranda (32-4, 28 KO) will make his debut under the Goossen Tutor banner when he takes on Francisco “Panchito” Sierra (20-2, 19 KO) for the NABO super middleweight belt in a scheduled 12-rounder. “Pantera” has now put his day-in, day-out boxing future in the hands of trainer Joe Goossen. In a scheduled 10-round heavyweight bout, WBC #4 and local favorite Manny Quezada (28-4) will square off with Nicolai “Stone Man” Firtha (16-6-1, 7 KO). Also seeing action is unbeaten heavyweight Malik Scott (32-0, 11 KO), who recently inked a multi-year extension to continue on with Goossen-Tutor as his promoter and Joe Goossen as his trainer. Local junior welterweight Mike Dallas, Jr., (10-0-1, 2 KO) faces TBA.
World champion Juan Manuel Lopez wraps his hand during media day at the Kingsway Gym for his upcoming title fight against challenger Rogers Mtagwa on Top Rank’s “Island Warriors” – Latin Fury 12 Pay Per View event on Saturday night Madison Square Garden. Also on this doubleheader card, WBA Featherweight Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba will defend his title against challenger Whyber Garcia of Panama. Top Rank promotes this event in association with Arena Box-Promotion and PR Best Boxing. Click here for more photos…
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VERSUS, the exclusive cable television home of World Extreme Cagefighting® (WEC®), will air WEC’s Greatest Knockouts II on Wednesday, October 7, at 9 p.m. ET. The hour-long presentation will feature fight highlights from some of the biggest knockouts in WEC history. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
In a stunning upset for the partisan crowd, Russian welterweight journeyman and former national champion Alexey Evchenko (8-7-1, 4 KOs) knocked out local favorite Bogdan Mitic (13-2, 7 KOs) in the ninth round of their clash for the vacant EBU-EE 147lb title. The fight was staged at Hala Sumice in Belgrade, Serbia. Time was 1:35. Mitic was well ahead on the scorecards at the time of stoppage. Bogdan’s young brother Vuc (10-1, 6 KOs) was more successful, stopping his opponent Stanislav Sakic (0-3) in three rounds. (more…)
It was announced today that heavyweights Alexander “Sascha“ Dimitrenko (29-1, 19 KOs) and Luan Krasniqi (30-4-1, 14 KOs) will meet in a highly charged rematch on November 8 at the König-Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany.
Alexander Dimitrenko: “I knocked out Luan in the first fight. This time I’ll try to do it again. I’m ready to go twelve hard rounds. I learned a lot from from loss to Chambers. There is a great Russian saying that I have lately often said to myself: That what doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger. So the fans will see a better Dimitrenko than they saw against Chambers. I know what I did wrong in training and in the fight. I will not repeat these mistakes.”
Luan Krasniqi: “I am very happy about this rematch. I would like to win this time so badly. Dimitrenko is also coming off a defeat. I had to wait a year for him — now it’s all very exciting. In any event, this time the people will get to see more rounds – hopefully with Luan Krasniqi as the winner!”
Unbeaten Teon Kennedy, of North Philadelphia, fights for the vacant USBA super bantamweight title when he meets Francisco Rodriguez, of Chicago, IL, in the scheduled 12-round main event Friday evening, Nov. 20, at the legendary Blue Horizon. The 23-year-old Kennedy, who won the 2004 National Golden Gloves flyweight championship, is coming off a controversial 10-round draw with Lante Addy, of Ghana, on Sept. 19 at Bally’s Atlantic City. Most observers—and one judge–felt Kennedy won clearly. Scores were 98-92 Kennedy and a pair of 95-95s. (more…)
Fighting solves everything, right? Or so the t-shirt claims. A decade ago that slogan – relatively unpopular at the time pretty much summed up the mindset of a Texas middle schooler named Will Campuzano. He was a child of strikingly few words. And lurking beneath the boy’s chilling quiet was an extraordinarily quick temper . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
“Dangerous” David Rodela suffered a hip and spine injury during the final days of sparring over the weekend and has been forced to withdraw from Saturday’s bout against Aldo Valtierra on the undercard of “The Return” Vazquez vs. Priolo” at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. In place of Rodela vs. Valtierra, junior welterweight Carlos Molina (9-0, 5 KOs) will face Cesar Holguin (9-2, 3 KOs) and welterweight Luis Grajeda (6-0, 5 KOs) meets Juan Carlos Diaz (3-0, 2 KOs) in a pair of six rounders. In themain event, two-time junior featherweight world champion Israel Vazquez returns against Angel Priolo in a ten round featherweight fight.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA flyweight champ Denkaosen Kaowichit (48-1-1, 20 KOs), 112, Thailand, successfully retained his belt as he cleverly kept his distance to batter the belly of 20-year-old Japanese challenger Daiki Kameda (15-2, 11 KOs), 112, throughout the contest and withstood the youngster’s retaliation down the stretch to be awarded a majority but well-received decision (115-113 twice and 114-114) over twelve monotonous rounds on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan. The 33-year-old Thai veteran registered his second defense since he dethroned Takefumi Sakata via pulverizing second-round demolition in Japan last December. (More to come)
Amir Khan will make the first defence of his world title against Dmitriy Salita at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Saturday 5th December promoter Frank Warren confirmed today. Salita, the mandatory challenger for Khan’s title, is an observant Jew and strictly follows Jewish law so if he fights on a Saturday then it must begin after sundown, the end of the sabbath. He famously said, “Anyone who wants a good whuppin’ from me is just going to have to wait until sundown.” (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
It looks like newly crowned European middleweight champion Matthew Macklin (25-2, 18 KOs), who has just vaporized Finn Amin Asikainen in a couple of brutal minutes, won’t be entitled to a quiet life with his regalia. The European Boxing Union informed Macklin that his next opponent will be highly regarded Russian boxer-puncher Dmitry Pirog (14-0, 11 KOs), who is also holding the WBC International belt. In June, WBO #2, WBC #5, IBF #10 and WBA #12 Pirog opened some eyes with his ultra-dominant decision over Ghanaian Kofi Jantuah. He was suggested a fight for the vacant EBU crown versus Asikainen but rejected it due to a lack of recovery time making a way for Macklin (WBO #5 and WBC #12) to fight for the European title in exchange of the future match-up. Fightnews was advised by informed sources that negotiations between both teams can start as soon as this week.
By Alexey Sukachev
Fighting through severe cuts over both eyes, WBA (regular) champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (30-0, 20 KOs) of Ukraine retained his welterweight title with a lopsided unanimous decision over WBA #15 Japanese Motoki Sasaki (32-8-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at Druzhba Palace of Sports in his hometown of Donetsk during a huge “Pro Boxing Show V”, staged in the city by Union Boxing Promotions. European featherweight champion Oleg Yefimovich, however, was the most impressive prizefighter of the event, scoring a brutal stoppage of once-capable Brit Esham Pickering. (more…)
WBC President Jose Sulaiman announced today that due to the problems of WBC lightweight world champion Edwin Valero getting a United States visa, the WBC Board of Governors has approved an interim title fight between #1 Antonio Demarco and #2 Jose Alfaro. The WBC is basing its decision rule 1.27 which states that the organization has the authority to approve an interim championship in the event of medical or legal cases that prevent a champion defending his title for over six months, which is the case of Valero.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou (47-11-1, 31 KOs) is contemplating a defense against former IBF lightweight champion Philip Holiday (38-6-1, 22 KOs) after having talks recently. Ndou has been based in Sydney, Australia for several years and Holiday is a permanent resident in Brisbane Australia. Ndou said, “I am very interested in giving Philip Holiday a shot at my IBO title. He was interviewed recently (by yours truly) and said he wanted to fight me. We were regular sparring partners when Philip was the IBF lightweight champion. He was an outstanding world champion defeating Australian boxing legend Jeff Fenech by knockout in two rounds and lost the title in a very close fight to boxing great Shane Mosley. Philip said he is in good shape now as he trains daily in Brisbane gym where he trains boxers. There has been bad blood between us so it will be good to complete unfinished business with him.” Holiday last boxed in 2003 when he was stopped by former 2000 Gold Medalist Mohamed Abdulaev in four rounds. Ndou will next defend the IBO welterweight title against Mathew Hatton (37-4-1, 14 KOs) on November 13 in Staffordshire, England.
By Alexey Potapov
IBF heavyweight challenger Alexander Povetkin (17-0, 12 KOs) is currently in training camp together with trainer Teddy Atlas in the USA. Povetkin is preparing to return to the ring to fight for the world championship next year.
Unbeaten WBC #1 featherweight Juan Carlos Burgos (22-11, 15 KOs) will face Yogli Herrera (22-0, 15 KOs) on Friday in a battle for Burgos’ WBC CABOFE title on October 9 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Also in action will be junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera (12-0, 6 KOs) against Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (9-1-2, 3 KOs). Tickets are $75, $45, and $30. Call 714-935-0900.
By Lee Bates
Promoter Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions (GSP) turned 65 today though his busy activity is not of someone at retirement age. Shaw is constantly traveling or working on boxing business nearly year round. GSP world champions include Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Vic Darchinyan and Chad Dawson, whom all have scheduled title defenses before year’s end. Shaw celebrated his birthday by doing one of his favorite pastimes. Work! It was business as usual as he spent his birthday putting in a full days work at his headquarters in Totowa, New Jersey. (more…)
Tickets will go on sale this Friday, October 9th as Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions and Team Taylor Made present “Fright Night Fights” an evening of world class professional boxing set for Saturday, October 31st at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena . . . . Click here for more
Heavy hitting Dominican junior welterweight prospect Francisco “The Phenom” Contreras is headed to Houston, Texas for his battle against Washington D.C.’s Ron “Teflon” Boyd in a special attraction six round bout at “High Stakes”, an evening of world class professional boxing this Saturday night, October 10th at the Arena Theater . . . . Click here for more
World champion Juan Manuel Lopez arrives in New York City with Team Juanma on Monday to prepare for his upcoming title fight against challenger Rogers Mtagwa on Top Rank’s “Island Warriors” – Latin Fury 12 Pay Per View event on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Also on this doubleheader card, WBA Featherweight Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba will defend his title against challenger Whyber Garcia of Panama. Top Rank promotes this event in association with Arena Box-Promotion and PR Best Boxing. Click here for more photos…
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